Sunday, March 8, 2009

Thing 7

Think of ways you may be able to use Flickr in the classroom or in your work and share your ideas. What issues might you face?

The first idea that comes to mind is a sort of physics photo contest. The AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) sponsors a physics photo contest that encourages students to capture live physics in action and explain the phenomenon in simple terms. I could use Flickr to do much the same thing and give the students a common place to view and comment on the work of their peers.

Copyright issues are the biggest obstacle to dealing with putting pictures on the internet. For starters, how could I be sure that pictures being submitted by students were taken by them? Privacy issues are another concern. If students take pictures of other students, how do I check that proper authorization was given to publish those photos online?

As with any new technology, it is my job to ensure that I don't simply rush headfirst into something I might not understand. I have to make sure that any assignment utilizing Flickr is valid and enhances the students' education while also weighing the privacy concerns and copyright considerations involved. It's something to think about for the spring when I have time for students to fill after AP exams.


  1. You are exactly right. Rather than just adding a technology for the sake of it, it's best to really be sure it adds value to what you are trying to accomplish.

    Good post!

  2. Getting a handle on the technology before presenting a lesson is exactly my concern. What about having a group project with 2 or 3 studetns working together if this is their first exposure to Flickr? Then you could have your own contest within the classroom.